Lectionary Year B
December 5, 1999
Second Sunday in Advent
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
(FS) C. HERMENEUTICAL BRIDGE
The other texts of the RCL for this Sunday are Isaiah 40:1-11 (the call
to make the LORD a way through the wilderness, with all flesh seeing
Yahweh's glory); 2 Peter 3:8-15a (though the "day of the Lord" seems to
tarry, it will come-- for the Lord's patience means salvation, so we are to
look forward still to a new home), and Mark 1: 1-8.
The Gospel text has the beginning of the Good News in Mark's Gospel:
the Baptist's call to repentance. John the Baptizer is spotlighted on this
Sunday in Advent. Psalm 85 is a wistful appeal for God to again bless the
land, with a prophetic and poetic vision of the form that blessing might
take: faithfulness springs like a rich harvest from the land itself;
righteousness and peace kiss.
What a compelling image! What would that "kiss" look like?
Was the "kiss" the loud call of the Baptizer to prepare for the
coming kingdom by recognizing sin in one's life, repenting, and
waiting...followed by "grace and truth" made flesh and dwelling with
humanity in Jesus?
Is a "kiss" now the life of the Church of Jesus Christ at its very
best-- when members live not only in search of holiness in behavior but
also with a passion for serving in the Savior's name within their
What would the "kiss" of righteousness and peace make a Christian
long to see in small-town Navasota, TX...or inner city New
Orleans/Chicago/etc...at Columbine High, East Timor, Kosovo, etc.?
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